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July 2021

July 23, 2021
“The best management is early intervention.” – Nenad Gucunski On the night of June 24, 2021, Champlain Towers South, a 40-year-old 12-story beachfront condominium building in Surfside, Florida partially collapsed. On Sunday, July 4, the rest of the building was demolished. A month later, 97 bodies have been recovered from the 22 million pounds of debris that have been cleared from the site. Once the recovery efforts end, the forensic investigation into the cause of the tragic collapse will begin in earnest.
July 16, 2021
Able to climb stairs, navigate rough terrain, and respond to commands, the mobile robotic dog, “Spot,” offers Rutgers CEE and CAIT researchers an autonomous technology for innovations in infrastructure maintenance and repair Robots are an emerging force in the infrastructure repair and maintenance industry. From flying drones to smart and autonomous robotic systems, these innovations are poised to make a dynamic contribution to infrastructure repair and maintenance activities.

April 2021

April 28, 2021
In 2020, the nation’s roughly 273 million urban area residents far outnumbered their 57 million rural counterparts. Urban growth breeds challenges – and today’s cities must find smart solutions that better the lives of their residents.

March 2021

March 22, 2021
“Choose a field to go into that you like and can see yourself in over the long-term. Don’t choose your profession or major because of the money you think you will make or how easy a career or life you will have.” –Chris Christoforou
March 3, 2021
Michele O’Connor, who earned her SoE degree in civil engineering in 1987, has begun a two-year term as the first woman chair of the Rutgers School of Engineering Industry Advisory Board (IAB). “I was excited to join the board in 2017,” says O’Connor. “I had prior professional organization board experience, but this board, while industry-related, is bigger and farther reaching. Being asked to chair the IAB is a real honor.”
March 1, 2021
Rutgers research shows stormwater could be important source of plastic pollution Rutgers scientists for the first time have pinpointed the sizes of microplastics from a highly urbanized estuarine and coastal system with numerous sources of fresh water, including the Hudson River and Raritan River.

December 2020

December 4, 2020
Alumnus credits retired dean Fred Bernath with helping him earn his SoE degree For Mark Damiano, the path to earning a BS in civil engineering was far from direct. As the 1995 honors graduate sees it, if not for retired associate dean for academic affairs Fred Bernath, he would not have achieved his goal. “He gave me an avenue,” Damiano recalls. “No man’s an island – you need the help of other people. Through hard work, you can get there. But sometimes you just need a little push, or break, along the way.”

September 2020

September 9, 2020
Using cutting edge technology stemming from augmented reality and connected vehicles, a CAIT researcher presents a potential new way to analyze infrastructure failures despite a lack of available data — as was the case in the Edenville Dam failure. This May, the Edenville dam in central Michigan collapsed due to heavy rain in the area, causing extensive flooding and the evacuation of more than 10,000 residents in the Midland and Sanford area.
September 2, 2020
The School of Engineering Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) welcomes Meiyin Liu as an assistant professor, who joined the department for the fall 2020 semester.  “Meiyin is a dynamic addition to our department,” says CEE chair and professor Nenad Gucunski. “Her wealth of expertise includes her interdisciplinary background from construction and computer engineering, along with her translational/applied research experience gleaned from her entrepreneurial activities.” 

August 2020

August 9, 2020
The Coastal Universities Coalition is a consortium of the nation’s leading academic institutions convened to develop science-based solutions to the most pressing issues facing populated coastal regions. This month, a CAIT researcher was invited by the organization to speak on infrastructure resilience during a visit to Capitol Hill.

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